How Too Much Coffee Could Affect Your Work Performance

December 26, 2013

Cup of coffee in a sea of coffee beansAt a recent seminar, the presenter – a friend of mine – seemed anxious on stage. He kept pacing back and forth and wiped sweat from his brow several times. At the break, I went up to him and asked, “Are you doing OK? Would you like me to get you a glass of water?”

“I’m fine,” he replied. “I think I just had a little too much caffeine this morning. I was really tired and wanted to be on my game. Guess the shot of espresso I added to my drip coffee wasn’t such a great idea after all.”

While the caffeine in coffee can be a great pick-me-up (especially when you’re tired), could too much caffeine negatively affect your work performance? To find out more about coffee, I sat down with Cristen Harris, PhD, RD, CSSD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington (Seattleites are actually 94% more likely to prefer espresso to bottled water than the average American). Read the rest of this entry »

4 Tips For Balancing Holiday Cheer And Your Career

December 18, 2013

Festive Woman in Red Santa Hat“Now that it’s December I can’t wait to decorate my cubicle!” exclaimed a friend while we sipped coffee.

Our other friend rolled her eyes, shook her head and groaned, “That’s exactly why I hate the holidays at work — people go so crazy decorating their offices, making it impossible to get anything done. And I hate those singing Santa toys!”

“Oh, don’t be such a Scrooge,” the first friend joked.

Although we ended up laughing about the conflicting opinions of showing holiday spirit in the office, the conversation highlighted how different people are when it comes to what’s considered appropriate holiday etiquette. Read the rest of this entry »

Is it Time to Set New Career Goals?

December 4, 2013

frustrated-woman-at-computer_150Are you feeling stuck in a rut at your current job? If yes, it’s time to think about your career more strategically. As we’re moving towards the end of the year, it’s the perfect time to start assessing your current career goals and thinking about setting new ones. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Watch Hiring Managers’ Nonverbal Cues For Important Clues

November 20, 2013

MP900430926_150x150A friend of mine recently had a job interview. When I asked what the interviewer thought of him, he didn’t know. He’d been so nervous he had forgotten to pay attention to the hiring manager’s nonverbal communication.

That happens a lot. Most people are so worried about how they come across in an interview that they forget to watch the body language of the interviewer. But being able to read nonverbal cues can increase your chances of interview success. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall and Winter Trends for the Office

November 8, 2013

FallWinter_Trends_150What you wear to the office is one of the most important parts of creating a positive professional image. In addition to projecting that you’re competent for your job, your clothing should also reflect your personality – your clothes don’t have to be boring to be considered professional! If you’re searching for a couple pieces to spruce up your look, check out these ideas on wearing fall and winter trends in the office. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Polish Your LinkedIn Profile

November 6, 2013

linkedin_logo_150As the use of social media in the hiring process has grown in popularity over the last several years, recruiters and hiring managers aren’t hiding from it. In fact, they’re using technology tools such as LinkedIn as a pre-interview tactic to narrow down candidates for job openings.

To find out what they’re looking for, I interviewed technology recruiters and HR experts. Based on their comments, you might decide it’s time to polish your LinkedIn profile. Read the rest of this entry »